The Language Department organises a DEBATING CLASS. This class can replace your conventional English U.E. if you get the go-ahead from the coordinator for English. You can follow your course AND the Debating course in parallel, or opt for Debating alone.


This House believes that Strikes should be banned: how would YOU defend that motion? How would you justify that There must always be the poor? Could you convince people that This House would undiscover America?

Debating is all about understanding, deciding and convincing. Learning the art of rhetoric through debating is about exploring your ability to analyse, presenting your arguments clearly, freeing your creativity, working as a team, sharpening one's quick wit and perfecting one's strategic thinking.

The schedule will be confirmed in September 2017.

This was the course information and schedule for 2016-2017.

Target students: L3 / M1 / M2 (B2 level+)

Course objectives: To develop and improve:

  • public speaking
  • speech writing
  • rebuttal skills
  • research skills
  • team spirit
  • analytical thinking
  • critical mind
  • self-confidence

Course organisation:

  • Thursday 5.30-7.30 pm - Room 232, Building 336

  • Twelve 2-hour classes: 1st class on October 20th, then from November 10th 2016 to February 9th 2017

  •  Open to L3, M1 & M2 students from level B2 on.

  •  Subject to acceptance (16 students)

  •  This class can replace your conventional English UE if you get the go-ahead from your coordinator for English.

  •  Participation of the team in the 2017 FDA Tournament. Eight students are allowed on the official team, the others participate in the preparation of the debates.

Course content:
Mostly a practical course that will include internal debates, friendly debates against other institutions, and a students vs coaches debate as preparation for the official FDA debate.
The following points will be covered:
Paris-Style debating vs other formats
Debate analysis
Roles of the speakers
Team organisation
Case line
Rhetorical devices
Speech delivery
Points of information and rebuttal
Flowing a debate
Exploiting feedback

20% written work: speech writing
80% oral performances: participation in the debates

Please contact Jacques BLANC (jacques.blanc @ explain who you are and why you’d like to join the group. The sooner you do it, the better...

Practical information on the times and places of debates at Orsay can be found on the Dokeos debating page:
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Why debate?  

  • It improves your English.

It trains you to write, to speak, to think on your feet in English.

Not wanting to lose face in front of your teammates, your friends and your opponents, is a powerful motivation.   

  • It is fun and often feels great.

Well, particularly when you win…    

  • It pays.

You can now get credits for your standard English UE, you will get a few free drinks during the FDA Tournament, and you will start a superb network of debaters from other Universities and Grandes Ecoles. (Yes, there are girls too…)

  • It trains you in many useful skills for your future professional, social and even personal lives.

Discover strategies to persuade and influence your future boss, banker, customers, girl-/boy-friend … you name it!